Where do you draw inspiration to find your next great read? From Oprah's Book Club to the Banned Books List, readers in the branches share their sources and give a couple of books to read and books to avoid this summer.
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Angela R. (Waverly Branch) on The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
Great book for the author's first novel also on Oprah's Book Club. Ms. Mathis let me realize that people, especially mothers demonstrate love in various ways. It is not always with words. I felt Hattie's pain as a mother who has also lost a child that was early in life.
Amanda E. (Waverly Branch) on We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
I found this book on the banned books list, but as we all know, just because it is banned doesn't mean it is a book worth reading. This book was slow and might be okay for a preteen level if it weren't for the subject matter. I'd definitely read before giving it to a teenager. The only good thing I can say is that the book didn't have a happy ending because when terrible things happen, you shouldn't be able to get away with it.
Dola L. (Waverly Branch) on A Perfect Divorce by Avery Corman
The book gives a candid reality of the cost of divorce, how it impacts not just the parents but the kids. It takes you through emotional and psychological struggles in trying to make a divorce less tragic. At the end, the writer has managed to write a great book on the topic.
Sandra D. (Brooklyn Branch) on Apollyon by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Frequent drama – this is part of the Left Behind Series, the Last Days, that the book brings to life the Bible's look at Revelation, ending with the reference of Chapter 12, verse 9. It's a multi-layered story of a family and family of God group and the many ways they hid from the government and "Nicolas," the "World's 1 ruler"—yes, the world then has one religion and only one ruler for the whole world.
Brooke F. (Brooklyn Branch) on The Cat Sitter's Pajamas by Blaize Clement
This is a great summer read with interesting characters and a believable plot. Davie Hemingway is a former police officer who still managers to solve crimes as a pet sitter. I like the character because she is funny, easy-going, and attracted to good looking men.
Alice O. (Brooklyn Branch) on More than You Know by Nan Rossiter
Couldn't put the book down. I laughed and cried. It was a great emotional journey.
Masika M. (Reisterstown Road Branch) on Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
If you haven't heard of HBO's Game of Thrones, you need to turn on the TV. If you love action, thrills, and intrigue, pick up this book. Game of Thrones is the story of the powerful people doing powerful and dangerous things for power, riches, love, and freedom.
Karen H. (Reisterstown Road Branch) on Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
After reading Gone Girl, I was hungry for more Gillian Flynn. I found her first novel and I devoured it. I love her twists and turns. By page 100, I just knew I'd pegged the killer, I was so wrong.
Charles C. (Reisterstown Road Branch) on The Baltimore Book by Elizabeth Free
Great book. I learned a lot about the old streets and places, how things have changed over the years.
Bryan T. (Reisterstown Road Branch) on The Art of War by Sunzi
I thought it was a fantastic book because it showed how the ancients conducted war, but much like today, they did not want to prolong wars. However, the kings had different plans. We must take care of our planet so that our future will look good for everyone.